Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Lure

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Lure

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The Lure

(2016)

Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Although the name of this Polish film is based on a band, it actually alludes to the powers that mythical mermaids had over sailors once upon a time: luring them with their siren song into the ocean, to be devoured by the mermaid.

The Lure tells the story about two young mermaids, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek), who wish to come upon the land and live amongst humans and, promising to not devour the humans they see singing on the beach, they are brought ashore by a group of musicians. They have beautiful siren voices, and are quickly used for their talents by including them in the band - in fact they are used by all the humans they encounter: for sex, money, greed, entertainment, and comfort. They even create their own band called The Lure, and their music literally lures the audience to them in ecstasy. In return, they get nothing.

Although the mermaids try to fit into human culture, Golden cannot resist her true nature and devours a human being. Silver, on the other hand, falls in love with a human and even sacrifices her "animal" self, her fish tail, in order to fulfill his desires. But in the end she is spurned by her love because he is unable to see her as anything other than a fish. In fact, all the humans they encounter treat them as animals. The mermaids are willing to try their best to live amongst the humans, but it is the humans that end up showing their true animal natures. Although humans have a choice to treat others with kindness, The Lure reminds us that humans are in fact the most beastly of all the world's animals. …

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